LABEOC Update - 5/7/2020

LABEOC Update - 7 May 2020

As of 12:00pm (noon) today there were 30,652 COVID-19 cases reporting in the state of Louisiana with 1,432 patients in hospitals (189 require ventilator). There have been 2,135 reported deaths. All Louisiana data is available at

Louisiana COVID-19 response strategic imperatives:Prevent spread of the virus, surge testing capacity, and surge contact tracing capability.

Hurricane Preparedness Week, 3-9 May. Get ready for hurricane season. Share tips, info and new graphics online during #HurricanePrep week, May 3-9. (National) and (Louisiana).

Find fresh food using Louisiana Farm to School Program tool. People who are searching for farm-fresh foods and ways to support the Louisiana economy during the coronavirus pandemic can turn to a new online tool to find sellers that are open for business. The materials are available at under the "LA Farm Food Map and Directory" tab.

National Retail Foundation Operation Open Doors Checklist. This checklist represents guidance from members and subject matter experts, and is intended to highlight key topics to consider as retailers seek to re-open operations. Your individual facts and circumstances will be unique, and we encourage you to work with your preferred legal and financial advisors to adapt this guidance to your specific situation.  See attachment.

FEMA NBEOC Dailey Lifeline Snapshot Business & Industry Domestic Supply Chain.

  • Analysts suggest that meat supply chain issues related to the pandemic may reduce retail supply up to 30% by the end of May as well as increase prices up to 20%. Industry associations forecast losses in excess of $20 billion by the end of 2020.
  • Meat suppliers are likely already rationing current meat supplies and will draw on cold storage over the next month to make up for shortages.
  • It is anticipated that 3.1-3.3 million new jobless claims will be filed for the week ending May 25th which if correct, will mean 33 million Americans have applied for unemployment in the last seven weeks.

School Districts Deploy WiFi-Equipped Buses to Expand Broadband Access for Students. In North Carolina, state officials partnered with AT&T, Duke Energy and Google to outfit 280 school buses with wireless internet, a move Gov. Roy Cooper said was necessary after schools closed for the remainder of the year. "In many communities, school buses are already delivering meals to students and their families," Cooper said in a statement. "Now, they're delivering WiFi for online learning."

Want that PPP loan forgiven? Accounting tips you need to know. Accounting tips for businesses with PPP loans.

Working from home: Top tips from an all-remote startup founder. Jason Fried, the CEO and co-founder of remote software startup Basecamp, believes remote employees are more productive than those who work from conventional offices. As many Americans transition to remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fried offers his tips for improving leadership, communication, and your home office.

Resilient Louisiana Commission. For information on Commission and Task Force meetings, meeting minutes, and more visit:

As always THANK YOU for your TREMENDOUS support of Louisiana.

Chris J. DeGuelle 
LABEOC Director

The LA BEOC is designed and developed by the NIMSAT Institute under the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP)

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